Former Alexandria Film Fest Honorees Claim Oscar Gold

Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine win Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Grand Jury Award winners at the 2007 Alexandria Film Festival, claimed the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The couple won for Inocente, a film chronicling a homeless teenage immigrant in San Diego with dreams of being a painter. The film was broadcast on MTV in August and is currently available for viewing on the network's website.

“It’s an inspirational story, and it suggests, convincingly, that we haven’t heard the last from this kid,” Michael O’Sullivan wrote in a review of the film in The Washington Post.

Sean Fine, the grandson of a former Washington Redskins photographer, wore Robert Griffin III-themed socks to Sunday's ceremony, according to the Post.

The directors won the Grand Jury Award at the 2007 Alexandria Film Festival for War Dance, a feature-length documentary about a group of Ugandan refugee school children training for a dance competition. That film, which the couple wrote, directed and edited in the basement of their Chevy Chase, Md. home, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Andrea Nix Fine presented War Dance at the 2007 Alexandria Film Festival and held a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The 2013 Alexandria Film Festival is scheduled for November. 

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